Monthly Archives: September 2013

China Wants to Cut Down on Coal—And That’s Bad for Global Warming

Bloomberg: The current plan to address one of China’s pressing environmental crises–polluted urban air–could have the unintended effect of creating other ecological catastrophes in China and beyond. Northern China’s reliance on burning coal for heat and energy contributes to the heavy haze that shrouds city buildings, especially in winter, and shortens […] Read the original […]

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China to offer tax breaks to solar power manufacturers

Reuters: China’s Ministry of Finance announced it will offer tax breaks to manufacturers of solar power products on Sunday, as China moves to support an industry still struggling to deal with massive overcapacity and weak demand. The ministry said in a short statement on its website that producers of […] Read the original post by […]

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Solar power’s moment under the Indian sun

Times of India: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just said that humans are the largest contributors to climate change. Developing nations have for long been accused of emitting greenhouse gases, and with this, pressure on India to reduce emissions is going to mount further. But the country is, in […] Read the original […]

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Ocean warming and acidification deliver double blow to coral reefs

Arstechnica: The dual threats of ocean acidification and anthropogenic warming have the potential to wreak havoc on marine life over the coming decades. Corals require acid-sensitive calcium carbonate for structure and heat-sensitive symbionts for sustenance, so they seem to have the most to lose from a warmer, more acidic ocean. […] Read the original post […]

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IKEA starts selling solar panels in Britain

Associated Press: Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company will start selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday […] Read the original […]

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Carbon Markets Need Global Regulator to Spur Climate Funding

Bloomberg: United Nations envoys meeting in November should appoint a regulator to link carbon markets emerging from China to California and stimulate investment in emission-reduction projects, according to a carbon lobby group. A global overseer would coordinate markets and boost private-sector confidence in efforts to cut greenhouse gas, said Anthony Hobley, […] Read the original […]

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Climate change study finds Australia suffers more than most G20 countries

Guardian: Australia’s exposure to climate change has worsened more rapidly than in any other major economy in the past two years, with stresses on water supplies increasing and the cost of natural disasters running second only to China, a report has found. The study, compiled by HSBC, found that temperatures in […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: There are advantages to global warming, says minister

Guardian: The cabinet minister responsible for fighting the effects of climate change claimed there would be advantages to an increase in temperature predicted by the United Nations including fewer people dying of cold in winter and the growth of certain crops further north. Owen Paterson told a fringe meeting at the […] Read the original […]

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IPCC Scientist: Climate change will hit Europe’s competitiveness

EurActiv: One of the lead authors of a key UN climate report launched on Friday (27 September) has told EurActiv that Europe’s business competitiveness would be badly hit by global warming of the sort most scientists now believe is likely to arise this century. “If you have change which is […] Read the original post […]

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United Kingdom: Chris Grayling: fracking is ‘solution’ to high energy bills

Guardian: A Conservative cabinet minister has claimed drilling for shale gas could make the “single biggest difference to the cost of living” for people in Britain. Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, said he believes the controversial process known as fracking is the “solution” to the problem of high energy bills. He spoke […] Read the […]

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